Mary L. Tafoya learned jewelry making techniques from her father and mother. She works from sketches before creating her pieces, a contemporary take on the ancient art of mosaic inlay that results in a distinctive style.
She creates pictures with the stones and shells, executed in the traditional way. Her unique pieces are like small paintings, incorporating vibrant, contrasting colors of natural materials, utilizing the natural shapes of the materials.
Her work is original, exuberant, graphic, and graceful. She captures the colors, movement and forms of nature in novel pieces that are readily identified as her own. Delighted collectors, nationwide, and overseas, seek out her truly unusual pieces.